Nine RPAYC members participated in one of the most popular sailing regattas of the year, the 2021 NSW Laser Master Championships At Callala Bay last weekend. The event was sailed on the pristine and clear (no traffic) waters of Jervis Bay and 6 races over 2 days were run in perfect 12-18 knots with 1-2m waves.
With an awesome attendance of no less than 75 Radial rigs and 62 Standard rigs on the start lines, starts were a great sight and competition was, as typical in Lasers, very tight. The Grand Master Standard division went down to the wire in the last race and ultimately Jan Scholten emerged victorious after battling out with Victoria’s Steve Gunther, and Chris Dawson 3rd. In the Masters Standard Division Stuart Holdsworth had a consistent regatta with all top 10 results and came in 5th amongst a highly competitive fleet lead by multiple champion Brett Byer. Pru Bennett built on her NSW State Championship in the 4.7 Rig to take out the 4.7 Division also.
RPAYC put in a sound performance with results including:
– Jan Scholten 1st Grand Master and 4th overall Standard Rig
– Stuart Holdsworth 5th Master and 8th overall Standard Rig
– Chris Dawson 3rd Grand Master and 17th overall Standard Rig
– Steve Bryant 13th Grand Master Standard Rig
– Dave Taylor 14th Master Standard Rig
– Bruce Ferguson 20th Grand Master Standard Rig
– Jenny Danks, 2nd Female, 10th Grand Master Radial Rig
– Lindsay Whitton 15th Grand Master Radial Rig
– Pru Bennett – 1st 4.7 rig and 1st Grand Master
For those interested in joining the RPAYC Laser fleet, age is no barrier and the RPAYC fleet continues to maintain a healthy racing program and Masters attendance with the next Masters regatta being the South Pacifics at RQYS July 9-13th.
Full results – HERE
Report by Ben Byford & Stuart Holdsworth